Evans, 33, will be an alternate at these Games, which comes eight years after his bronze medal in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This came two years after his first voyage, a journey that remains alive even now.
A running star from Chicago’s South Side, Evans was a determined athlete who came from a family full of them. But while rolling down a track in Lake Placid, NY, he soon realized that what he described by sledding pales in comparison to experiencing it. She remembers feeling like her beating heart had moved somewhere between her chin and cheeks.
Still, Evans pushed the sled gently and then jumped behind his pilot. For the next minute, he felt every blow and turn, his body whipped back and forth as he wondered when – mercifully – the journey would end.
“I don’t know how this qualifies as an Olympic sport,” Evans told his mother, Sequocoria Mallory, after shaking knees and getting off the sled, rushing to the nearest bathroom and calling home. “I don’t know why anyone would sign up for this. I felt like I had been kicked down a hill in a trash can.”
Evans’ family has enjoyed the highest level of attention in almost every sport. He was a record-breaking shot putter at the University of Illinois. His father, fredHe became the first Black national college swimming champion in Chicago State in the 1970s. His brother, named Fred, played in the NFL. His uncle, Gary Matthews, spent years patrolling the outfields of Major League Baseball, just as his cousin Gary Matthews Jr.
But when it comes to the sled, Evans simply “Cool Runs”, the 1993 Disney movie is based on the story of Jamaica’s 1988 Olympic team when running coach Mike Erb suggested he try the sport in his senior year of college.